Donald Trump reportedly grew confused and wandered away during a joint press conference in Israel with Benjamin Netanyahu, with the viral video clip sparking debate over whether the president could be suffering from dementia.
Trump has been plagued by reports of fatigue and bouts of confusion during his first major trip abroad, a trip that has taken him and a large contingent of his administration through the Middle East and Europe. Earlier in the trip, Trump had stumbled during a speech on Islam, delivering the phrase "Islamic extremism" rather than what had been written in the speech, "Islamist extremism."
A senior White House official later told CNN that Trump had been traveling and was "just an exhausted guy" when he delivered the speech. The White House noted that Trump had been working on the speech during his 14-hour flight to the Middle East and was tired when he arrived.
As Salon pointed out, Trump frequently attacked his political opponents by claiming they didn't have the energy necessary to serve as president. He famously chided Jeb Bush as having "low energy" and frequently attacked Hillary Clinton's stamina, the report added.
"She doesn't have the look. She doesn't have the stamina, I said she doesn't have the stamina, and I don't believe she does have the stamina," Trump said of Clinton during the presidential debate.